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Down, South & Outback (ex. Alice Springs) 2018-19 (14 Days, Alice Springs to Melbourne)

Time to get down south and outback. A trip with the perfect mix of jaw-dropping scenery, masses of wildlife, cool cities and out of the way spots, you're bound to get a true taste of the land down under. Add to that waterfalls and lakes, Aboriginal art, subterranean homes, dingo fences and the unforgettable Uluru, and this two-week adventure will knock all others out of the park.
Please note: For departures dates in 2017/18 please check out 21 Day Down South & Outback

Inclusions

Stay underground in Coober Pedy
Guided hike of Kings Canyon
View the magic of the Flinders Ranges
Make your own wine in Coonawarra
Paint your own souvenir boomerang
?Visit Grampians National Park
Hike to the base of MacKenzie Falls
Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
Visit a kangaroo orphanage in Coober Pedy
Experience sunset & sunrise over Uluru
12 Apostles & the Great Ocean Road
11 Breakfasts
11 Lunches
11 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $2,399
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Apr 201829 Apr 201817AUD $2,769
14 May 201827 May 201816AUD $2,769
11 Jun 201824 Jun 201824AUD $2,769
09 Jul 201822 Jul 201820AUD $2,769
06 Aug 201819 Aug 201823AUD $2,769
03 Sep 201816 Sep 201817AUD $2,769
01 Oct 201814 Oct 201824AUD $2,769
29 Oct 201811 Nov 201822AUD $2,769
26 Nov 201809 Dec 201824AUD $2,769
21 Jan 201903 Feb 201924AUD $2,769
18 Feb 201903 Mar 201924AUD $2,769
18 Mar 201931 Mar 201924AUD $2,769
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru
We're hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger) and maybe grab a ‘coldie’. Welcome to the outback, mate. Included today: -Mount Conner -Uluru sunset drinks & snacks -National Park entry Meals: - Dinner
Day 2: Uluru
Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Optional activities today include a scenic flight over the rock, a skydive, or a camel ride. Included today: -Sunrise over Uluru -National Park entry -Uluru base walks -Anangu Visitor centre -Guided walk by your Crew Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Scenic flights -Camel ride in the outback -Skydiving -Sounds of Silence -Guided astrology tour
Day 3: Uluru to Kings Canyon
Get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, so warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag. Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This was not included when upgrade rates were calculated. Included today: -Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Quad bike ride
Day 4: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
f you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City - and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome). Included today: -Guided hike of Kings Canyon -Garden of Eden walk Meals: - Breakfast
Day 7: Coober Pedy to Flinders Ranges
After a #saltlakeselfie stop and a meet-and-greet with the sheep farming township of Glendambo (with a population of 30) we're riding south into the Flinders Ranges and the next gem on our list: Umoona mines. Here, we’ll check out where 75% of the world's opals come from. You'll want to keep your camera charged for this one. Round off the day with a pub meal - tomorrow's going to be epic. Included today: -Opal mine tour Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 8: Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat: it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Included today: -Wilpena Pound guided walk -National Park entry Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 9: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide
Wave bye-bye to the outback today with some dramatic scenery changes – we’re heading for the city! A visit to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall – there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. Tonight, take in some of Adelaide’s finest local food and entertainment. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 10: Adelaide
You've made it to one of the world's coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today's a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia's answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island (optional). Learn about some of the 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg. And for the wine lovers? We’ve got you guys covered with a Barossa Valley wine tour. Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Day trip to Kangaroo Island -Barossa Valley day trip
Day 11: Adelaide to Mt Gambier
Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. Chin chin! Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Snap madly away on the camera as you spot a Skippy - hot tip: don’t go to hug one. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. Included today: -Make your own wine in Coonawarra Meals: - Breakfast
Day 12: Mt Gambier to Grampains
Next up: MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. It's no Niagara, but flowing water is guaranteed year-round – a rare promise in a country that's 40% desert. Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot where #natureporn trends with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. Then: an Old Gaol tour. Included today: -National Park entry -Pinnacles Walk -Hike to the base of MacKenzie Falls -Gaol history walking tour Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 13: Grampians to Port Campbell
Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived, then paint your own story onto a boomerang. This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia and a sunset to write home about. Included today: -Paint your own souvenir boomerang -National Park entry -12 Apostles & the Great Ocean Road Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 14: Port Campbell to Melbourne (Great Ocean Road)
With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window – today you'll join the list of five million people to do the road-of-passage along the Great Ocean Road each year. Want even better views? Opt in for a scenic helicopter flight. Along the way today we’ll spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. This afternoon we roll into Melbourne to meet the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. You might want to stick around. Included today: -Coastal lookouts -National Park entry Meals: - Breakfast Optionals: -Scenic helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles